For better or for worse? Local impacts of the decentralization of Indonesia's forest sector

TitleFor better or for worse? Local impacts of the decentralization of Indonesia's forest sector
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPalmer C, Engel S
JournalWorld Development
Volume35
Pagination2131-2149
Date PublishedDec
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0305-750X
Accession NumberISI:000251600800006
KeywordsASIA, COMMUNITIES, decentralization, IMPACTS, INDONESIA, Logging, self-enforcement, trade-offs
Abstract

This paper quantifies the local impacts of mechanized logging on forest-dependent communities in Indonesia, before and after decentralization. A conceptual framework incorporates financial, social, enforcement, rent-seeking, and environmental impacts. Using data from 60 communities in East Kalimantan, the empirical results suggest that significantly more households received financial and in-kind benefits after decentralization compared to before. Many communities engaged in self-enforcement activities against firms both before and after decentralization. Post-decentralization, a significantly higher proportion of households perceived community forest ownership. There were few significant differences in perceived environmental impacts. Little evidence exists of a post-decentralization trade-off between environmental and financial contractual provisions. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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